About Us

Holyrood Distillery is the product of Canadians Rob & Kelly Carpenter and Scot David Robertson, who collectively share a love for Edinburgh, Scotch Whisky and interesting challenges.

Each member of the team brings their own experience and perspective which complement the others:

The Team

Rob Carpenter
Rob Carpenter

Rob has 27 years of practice as legal counsel and senior executive business experience, and he and Kelly together founded and operate the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Kelly Carpenter
Kelly Carpenter

Kelly is the co-founder and Director of Operations of the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and brings 25 years in guest services and customer relations.

David Robertson
David Robertson

David was born into the distilling industry and has 25 years experience working for Diageo, The Edrington Group, Whyte & MacKay and then co-founding Rare Whisky 101.

Bill Farrar
Bill Farrar

Bill is formerly the Managing Director, Super Premium for Edrington. With over 30 years of experience in the drinks sector, his knowledge of building premium brands and developing routes-to-market is second to none.

Laura Anderson
Laura Anderson

Laura is our Finance Director. She is a Chartered Accountant and has a long history in the whisky industry, having worked in roles as diverse as Commercial Analyst; Director, Global Pricing and Brand Protection and in Super Premium Strategy Development.

Jack Mayo
Jack Mayo

Jack is our Head Distiller and comes to us after three years at Glasgow Distillery. Jack really is a rocket scientist, having obtained his doctorate in astrophysics before switching careers to a more down to earth subject and taking his Bachelors in Brewing & Distilling at the highly regarded Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Hamish Martin
Hamish Martin

Hamish is our herbologist. His business experience and contacts in the drinks sector, entrepreneurial approach and exceptional knowledge of herbs, botanicals and flavours will be an incredible asset for Holyrood.

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